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Senator Trillanes released from detention

By GEMMA BAGAYAUA-MENDOZA

Manila, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was released from detention Monday night, December 20,  having been granted provisional liberty pending approval of his amnesty application.

One of the leaders of the 2003 Oakwood mutiny, Trillanes led a group of soldiers disgruntled with corruption in the military in taking over a Makati hotel to air their grievances against the Arroyo administration.

While in detention, however, he ran in the 2007 senatorial elections and won garnering 11 million votes to land on the 11th spot. This was despite a meagre budget  of only P5 million to P7 million for the campaign.  (Read: What A  Coup!)

Trillanes, however, was not allowed to attend Senate sessions.

On November 2007—months after winning the senatorial race—Trillanes and Brigadier General Danilo Lim and other soldiers, who were also facing charges for involvement in coup attempts against the administration of former president Gloria Arroyo, walked out of a Makati City courtroom, holed up in the posh Manila Peninsula Hotel and called for Arroyo’s ouster.

Trillanes is among the military officials involved in anti-Arroyo coup attempts who will have the opportunity to apply for amnesty once Congress has concurred with Proclamation No. 75, which granted amnesty to the rebel soldiers.

While studying for his masters degree at UP, Trillanes wrote two studies about corruption in the Philippine Navy.  (Read: The voice of the mutiny ) Newsbreak, independent journalism from the Philippines

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